Sunday, April 22, 2012

Exchange OST Recovery when confronted with error “Exchange is currently in recovery mode”

Exchange OST files are highly popular in the global business enterprises. Not only do they facilitate a collaborative working environment through emails but also provision for accessibility of Exchange user mailbox data in the absence of connectivity with the Exchange Server.

A burning problem that Exchange users often encounter when trying to establish a connection with the server is:

Exchange is currently in recovery mode.”

This error can be the result of two factors. One is that Cached Exchange Mode is enabled and running. Secondly, the user mailbox has been moved to a different Exchange Server.


To resolve the error the following steps need to be followed:

1.Disable Cached Exchange Mode

To do this go to Tools menu, Click Email Accounts-> View or change exisiting Email Accounts-> Next. From Outlook processes email for these accounts in the following order list, choose Change. Under Microsoft Exchange Server disable Use Cached Exchange Mode option. Restart Outlook.

If in case, the user mailbox has moved onto a different organization or Server, Exchange OST Recovery is possible by creating a new Outlook profile. After the change of organization if you try to connect with Microsoft Exchange Server, the OST file will become inaccessible as the signature of OST file will not match with the Exchange database. The solution is to create a new Outlook profile.

2.Creating a new Outlook Profile

Go to Control Panel-> User Accounts-> Mail. Click Show Profile and select Add. Type the name of the profile to be created and click Ok. Follow the instruction and complete the process.

To recover previous data one needs to perform Exchange OST Recovery through the use of third party tools. These commercial OST Recovery software can recover all the important emails, attachments, notes, tasks, contacts and calendar entries from the OST file by converting it to usable PST.

Stellar Phoenix OST to PST Converter” is one such powerful tool. This adroit Exchange OST Recovery tool supports MS Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. The demo version of the software is available for free download and shows a clear preview of the recoverable items. This utility is completely read only in nature and preserves the original data formatting of messages.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How to Safely Move Your OST File data to a PST File using reliable OST To PST Converters

MS Exchange Server is widely incorporated in organizations using Microsoft infrastructure. It is a messaging platform that facilitates quick and easy transfer of emails and other information to the users within the organization. Data is stored on the server in the form of user mailboxes and the messages sent by the server are received in the Personal Folders (PST) file on the client side. Another useful file created in MS Outlook is the Offline Folders (OST) file. This file can be assumed as a backup copy of your mailbox on the Exchange Server. It provides offline access to your Exchange data and can be synchronized with the server to reflect changes done to the file in the user mailbox.

In order to access an OST file, you need an Exchange mailbox account. However, you may occasionally run across situations when the OST file becomes unusable. This happens more often due to deletion or removal of user mailbox on the Exchange Server. If the mailbox gets deleted, the corresponding OST file saved locally on the user's computer becomes orphaned. Thus, you might face critical loss of business information. In yet other situations, the OST file may fail to synchronize with the Exchange Server due to corruption in the file or the mailbox on server. OST file corruption may stem from different factors like oversizing of OST (crossing 2GB size limit), malware, hardware issues, application errors, etc. To work around such problems, you should first convert OST to PST, create a new Exchange account, and then import your Personal Folders file with account settings to the new Exchange account. In the event of corruption, the OST file should be repaired and then converted.

There are a multitude of OST to PST Converter utilities on the market, specifically designed to extract all data from your OST file and restore it to an equivalent Outlook PST. These OST Recovery tools provide you with the best remedy to effectively deal with scenarios leading to OST file inaccessibility. You can easily convert all precious data in your OST without affecting the original folder structure and email formatting.

With these third-party OST to PST Converter tools, you have the option to save each converted emails either as an individual 'EML' or 'MSG' files in your system. You can also save them to a network disk recognized by the host operating system. They enable you to perform complete conversion of your offline data file created in the latest Outlook versions, including MS Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003, and 2002.